Our Team

Board Members

Dr. Andrew Thomas

PAST PRESIDENT

 Dr. Andrew Thomas is a Family Physician who works in Durham Region. He is originally from Whitby, Ontario. He attended Howard University for medical school. Participating in mentorship and training opportunities through the BPAO motivated him to return to Canada to practice medicine. He served as a co-lead for the Black Health Vaccine Initiative (BHVI) clinic in Durham, and a co-lead for the SMART initiative.

Dr. Mojola Omole

President

Dr. Mojola Omole is a Breast Surgical Oncologist and General Surgeon. She is originally from Nigeria, and at the age of eight she immigrated to Canada. Her journey in medicine began at the University of Toronto, where she earned her medical degree before pursuing a residency in general surgery at McMaster University.

As a global surgical oncologist and General Surgeon, Dr. Omole has brought her expertise to diverse communities in Nigeria, Rwanda, and Nicaragua. Currently, she works at Scarborough Health Network in Toronto while also lending her insights as a sought-after consultant for anti-Black racism and anti-oppression training. Additionally, Dr. Omole chairs the special issue in the CMAJ dedicated to addressing Anti-Black racism in medicine.

In addition to her professional endeavors, Mojola hosts a bi-weekly podcast for the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). Through CMAJ Podcasts, she explores the intersection of scientific advancements and social health issues, amplifying the voices of patients, clinicians, and advocates.

Dr. Shambe Mutungi

Vice President

Dr. Shambe Mutungi is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist, practicing in the Durham region. She was born in Uganda and at a young age immigrated to Toronto with her family. She has a very strong interest in Global Health and underserved populations. During her residency training at the University of Toronto, she completed a 2-year Certificate in Global Health Education. She also participated in women’s health overseas with a special interest in pelvic floor dysfunction and obstetrical fistulas.

Shambe is passionate about decreasing the disparities in health within Black and immigrant populations as well as working from an educational standpoint to increase the number of Black applicants in medicine with a focus on obstetrics and gynecology. She is a 2023 Candidate for an MSc at IHPME in Business Health Administration.

Evol Williams

Treasurer

Mr. Evol Williams is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and holds Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) designations. Evol has an interest in Black community outreach and intends to use his area of expertise to advance the work of the BPAO.

Dr. Tola Overduin

Director of Membership

Dr. Tola Overduin is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Her practice focuses on hand conditions and skin cancer.

Dr. Overduin completed medical school at the University of Toronto and residency at Dalhousie University. She also completed a fellowship in hand surgery at the University of Toronto. Prior to entering medicine, she completed an M.A. in English Language and Literature. Dr. Overduin is Nigerian- Canadian and has an interest in improving immigrant health and outcomes.

Dr. Husam Abdel-Nadir

Dir. Continuing Professional Development

Husam Abdel-Qadir is a cardiologist at Women’s College Hospital and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, University Health Network. He graduated from the University of Toronto’s medical school with the Silver Medal and completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Toronto, followed by a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research at the Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation. His primary clinical and research focus is the cardiovascular health of people with cancer, particularly breast cancer.

This research is supported by an early career Chair in Heart and Brain Health and a National New Investigator Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. He also leads a research program on the management and outcomes of people with atrial fibrillation. His work has been recognized by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Young Investigator Award and Atrial Fibrillation Research Award, European Society of Cardiology Young Investigator Award, and the Polanyi prize in Medicine/ Physiology. Dr. Abdel-Qadir is also a member of the Advisory Board to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

Dr. Chiebere Ogbuneke

Member at Large

Dr. Chiebere O. Ogbuneke is a Family Physician. He completed his medical degree at Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Dr. Chiebere worked in Africa for a few years before moving to the UK for a Master’s degree in Public Health at Bournemouth University, United Kingdom.

Dr. Ogbuneke is the International Medical Graduate (IMG) Coordinator for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s nine residency program. He is also a Co-founder and CEO of MyTeleMD, a Telemedicine company that provides a platform for physicians to provide medical care virtually. Dr. Ogbuneke’s main interests are on vaccine preventable diseases, vaccine safety and Virtual Health/ Telemedicine.

 

Dr. Ewurabena Simpson

Member at Large

Dr. Ewurabena Simpson received her medical degree from McGill University and completed both her general pediatrics training and hematology/oncology fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto.

She practices as a hematologist/oncologist at CHEO, where she leads the sickle cell disease clinical program. Dr. Simpson is the treasurer for the Canadian Haemoglobinopathy Association and currently serves as Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Nasra Warsame

Member at Large

Raquiya Austin

Member at Large

Raquiya Austin serves as in-house legal counsel to Ornge, a provincially funded not-for-profit organization which provides high quality air ambulance services and medical transport to people who are critically ill or injured.  Raquiya is passionate about understanding EDI and how EDI plays a role in our community.  She previously served as the inaugural EDI Co-Chairs within Ornge. Before entering the legal profession, Raquiya obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Law.  She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016. Raquiya also holds an Honours BA in English Literature from York University.

Raquiya is an avid community activist, having held several Board appointments with varying organizations across the GTA.

Dr. Chantal Phillips

BRPO President

Dr. Chantal Phillips is a first-year resident in the Family Medicine Stream of the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Program at the University of Ottawa. She recently received her Doctor of Medicine (MD) at the University of Toronto in June 2023, and completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Medical Science at Western University in 2018. She has a passion for community-focused health research and interventions, with experience leading and supporting projects focused on Toronto’s Black communities via her role as project manager for the Black Health Alliance over the past two years, including culturally relevant health communications during the pandemic and leading an innovative community research project that assessed the impact of COVID-19 on Toronto’s Black communities (“Perspectives on Health and Wellbeing in Black Communities in Toronto: Our Health, Our Way”).

Dr. Phillips has become increasingly clinically and socially interested in Black adolescent/youth health and has co-created a longitudinal health promotion and primary care initiative via her Family Medicine program to increase access to primary care for marginalized youth and their families, including mental health assessments and counselling, for Black and racialized high school students in Ottawa. She aspires to work at the intersection of public health and primary care as a family doctor and leader of high-quality, innovative community programming.

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